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Taking part in industrial action

05 Dec 2019

HCPC registrants, like other professions, have the right to take part in lawful industrial action

If you are an HCPC registrant taking part in such action, the behaviours set out in our standards of conduct, performance and ethics still apply. 

If you are an HCPC registrant not taking part in action, we recognise you may need to use your professional judgement to find the best way to provide care for service users. We also recognise the important role that employers play in planning and preparing for how service users’ needs can be met.

Our standards continue to apply during any period of industrial action. These can be used as a supportive framework for all health and care professionals at these times – for example, supporting registrants to work in partnership with colleagues for the benefit of service users, and ensuring they keep within their scope of practice. They also set out the importance of promoting and protecting the interests of service users and carers at all times.

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Frequently asked questions

  • In general, if you are involved in planned, organised industrial action, such as through a trade union, it would be unlikely to give rise to concerns about your continued registration. 

    Exceptions to this would be unreasonable or unilateral actions which result in a caution from the police, or if you are charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence, which may be fitness to practise matters. In these cases, you should tell us straight away. We will consider the circumstances on a case-by-case basis in line with our guidance on health and character.

  • As we outline above, the standards of conduct, performance and ethics apply at all times and set out our expectations of your behaviour.

    If concerns are raised with us about individuals, we will always consider these on a case-by-case basis, taking into careful consideration the circumstances in which any mistakes have occurred.

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Page updated on: 04/12/2019
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